The Washington State Patrol wants drivers to watch out for emergency vehicles.
The state patrol launched a statewide campaign from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, titled “Slow Down, Move Left, for Emergency Lights,” to make drivers more aware of the “Move Over Law” and help prevent patrol car crashes and collisions.
The “Move Over Law” requires drivers approaching an emergency zone to use caution, slow down, move over or change lanes away from emergency vehicles when it’s safe.
Emergency vehicles include police, fire, medical, tow trucks and anyone providing roadside assistance.
Drivers should move into the left lane if there are at least two lanes going in the same direction.
There have been 51 troopers hurt in 141 patrol car crashes and collisions in the past five years, according to the state patrol. At least 16 troopers were hurt in 2015.
Troopers issued 4,216 tickets to drivers for not moving over in 2015. The fine is $214 and can’t be waived or reduced.